K-12 Technology News

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College Board, Amazon Giving 4,000 Free Computers to AP CS Students

The College Board has teamed up with Amazon Future Engineer to donate 4,000 laptop computers to students who want to access Advanced Placement Computer Science courses and can't because they lack a device at home to take the exams. Students receiving the donated laptops will get to keep them to support their educational journey beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.

Companies, Ed Tech Organizations Band to Help Families Through Hotline

Nearly 90 companies and education technology organizations have joined a growing volunteer effort to help families and teachers affected by school closures.

Amazon Initiative Offers Resources for Educators Switching to Remote Learning

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education has launched a set of free resources intended to help teachers and faculty in K-20 with their transitions to remote teaching and learning.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of April 13, 2020)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

Google Classroom Is Top Education App Download

Mobile education applications have experienced a 90 percent increase in weekly downloads usage worldwide between the last three months of 2019 and the first three months of 2020, according to a new analysis by App Annie.

NASEF Runs Online Esports Activities for Gamers, Coaches and School Supporters

To help students and educators keep their gaming edge sharpened during coronavirus, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation has launched "Community Club." Each day during the week, the nonprofit is running online, interactive sessions on topics of interest to young gamers and the adults who coach them.

IBM Open P-TECH Offers Skills, Badges in Current Tech

IBM has launched Open P-TECH, to help young people and educators learn the basics in topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as well as soft skills.

Dallas District Turns to PresenceLearning for Speech Language Therapy

A Texas school district has signed a contract for online speech language therapy. Dallas Independent School District is using services provided by PresenceLearning to support 515 elementary and secondary students from 30 campuses in the district through "teletherapy."

New Ohio Collaborative to Support Esports in High Schools

Two Ohio organizations are working with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation and the Samueli Foundation to form the Ohio Scholastic Esports League Collaborative. The goal: to give students access to NASEF's scholastic esports platform, provide competitive opportunities for student teams and provide a framework for high schools to create esports career pathways.

Social Distancing Trainer Shows What Six Feet Away Looks Like

Two education organizations have created a free Apple iOS app to help children understand how far they should be from other people to practice safe physical distancing. The program, "Social Distancing Trainer," was produced by Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance. The app uses augmented reality to get the idea across.

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